HTML 5 is the next generation of base platform of the web. While it’s still in draft, that didn’t stop a large number of developers and companies to start showcasing some of what the platform offers.
Apple is one of those companies that is very excited about HTML5 and is pushing heavily for wider adoption of the technology. They have produced a showcase of some of the techniques that people should be looking forward to using in HTML5. The reason why Apple likes HTML5 is because it helps cure some of its flash phobias by providing native support for graphics within the HTML framework.
While web politics will surely play a part in the success of HTML5, what will definitely decide its success is how good HTML5 does graphics and how successful it is in bringing the internet’s platform from text into a full fledged graphic platform.
Not that it comes as any surprise, but this is also a battleground of internet browsers as well since not all internet browsers support all the HTML5 features and hence users will be limited in functionality depending on what browser they have. As you can see above, Internet explorer 8 and 9 are definitely the worst browsers when it comes to support of HTML5 and if they don’t correct that soon they will surely become quickly irrelevant.
Already, there are some great examples of HTML5 usage on the web and here are some of them:
Youtube has a page where some of their videos are available in HTML5 format allowing you to view them without the use of Flash, if only people start embedding those so that I’m able to view them on my iPhone.
A website dedicated to showcasing other websites that uses HTML5 and what features they use in their implementations.
This websites provides quick examples of what HTML5 is capable off, seeing Canvas and Geolocation for the first time is certainly impressive.
MS Paint in your browser, nuff said! It even has a Ctrl-Z support!
So are you looking forward to HTML5? What impact do you see it having on applications and websites? Let us hear your thoughts.